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Lawn Care Tips

It’ll take more than sweet talk and a whole lot less than daily maintenance to keep the grass green and healthy on your side of the fence. Keeping your lawn healthy and manicured comes down to finding that happy medium, in which it has everything it needs for its best chance to thrive. Even under ideal circumstances, there may come times when it best to call in reinforcements. But when your lawn is at or near where you want it to be, there are several best practices you should tackle yourself.

When to Water

It’s more important to water effectively than constantly. Typically, you should water your lawn no more than once a week. And when you do, soak it enough water to soften up the soil and give the roots of your grass their best chance to establish themselves firmly into the ground.

Air It Out

Watering and fertilizing your lawn is much more effective when your applications actually reach the root system. When grass gets too tight, it can block food and water from the roots. So use an aeration tool to help your lawn breathe.

Feed Until Its Fed

You can’t survive on water alone and the same is true of your lawn. You should fertilize your lawn two to three times a year, ideally.

Share the Load

When either you or the progress isn’t present, it’s time to call for help. Our team at Northern Greens is there for you to keep your lawn health when you can’t do it yourself. And we can also turn around turf you might feel is a lost cause.

These are just a few best practices to give your lawn the best chance to thrive. Explore more of our Resources section for more information on how your lawn health year round. 

Lawn Watering

You can care too much for your lawn and you certainly can care too little. And when it comes to watering, many homeowners tend to care too much. Regular watering is critical to keeping your lawn healthy. But it can be counterproductive if it’s down too frequently and downright destructive if you do it infrequently.

In General

For an established grass, you should water your lawn no more than once a week. However, the frequency of watering your lawn will also vary by the rain it receives and the type of soil you have. Richer, thicker earth will retain water better sandy soil.

In Infancy

Newly seeded soil will require watering more often than an established lawn. Until your grass seeds sprout, you’ll want to water your lawn just a few minutes each day. Over watering could cause the seeds to shift, causing your new lawn to grow in patches and bald spots.

After your grass seeds have sprouted, water them a little long each day. Keep to a daily watering regimen until your lawn has mature, as which point you should switch to a weekly schedule.

Barrels

If you’re concerned about how much water you’re using to quench your lawn’s thirst, consider storing rainwater. While rainwater barrels can serve as a silver lining when a heavy downpour floods your lawn, you don’t have to wait for the sky to spill open to start conserving water. You can use even moderate amounts of rainwater to offset your home’s water consumption, which makes for a smaller water bill and a smaller impact on the environment.

 If you want a better idea about how much water your lawn needs and how often you need it. Contact our team at Northern Greens for a consultation in Anchorage and the metro area.

Rake Matted Grass

 

Raking a matted lawn can be very important after an intense winter, and you want to target the areas of your lawn that are brown and matted. This technique will help prevent dead areas and encourage healthy growth for the upcoming summer. You will want to consider raking if you live in an area that has heavy snowfall, or if your lawn becomes matted from extensive use.

The best time to rake dead spots is when your lawn is starting to turn green again around mid-April. This way, you can target areas of your lawn that are actually impacted. Raking right after winter will be less targeted as most of the grass will still be brown, regardless of if it is dead or healthy.

The best time to rake dead spots is when your lawn is starting to turn green again around mid-April. This way, you can target areas of your lawn that are actually impacted. Raking right after winter will be less targeted as most of the grass will still be brown, regardless of if it is dead or healthy.

Raking steps:

  1. Rake the dead areas to loosen any brown grass. It is important not to remove all of the grass, but just break up the top layer of thatch
  2. Remove the loose dead thatch either with a lawn mower, by hand or with an outdoor vacuum. Do not leave any clumps on the lawn
  3. Re-seed the barren patch of lawn and water if applicable

You may also want to consider a nitrogen or iron rich fertilizers to reinforce growth before warmer summer temperatures.

In general, raking is important to prevent unhealthy build of thatch and dead grass, but it is equally important not to get rid of healthy grass that looks dead after a long winter.

Our lawn care technicians are always available to schedule a free consultation to determine the best service to make your lawn green again.

Controlling Winter Mites

What are Winter Mites?

Winter Mites are small insects that reside in lawns and cause damage to turf, either harming or entirely killing the grass; they are extremely prevalent in Colorado. They are especially common during winters where there is low precipitation and mild temperatures.

How to Identify Winter Mites?

Winter Mites commonly occur near south and west facing areas of buildings. They are small (typically not seen with the naked eye) green/red mites, and they can be identified with a magnifying glass by examining dry or dead areas of your lawn. Although they do not bite or harm humans, they can infest buildings and leave red stains, ruin household items, and transmit diseases. Eggs from the previous season hatch around mid-October, and continue hatching into the late winter.

Mites will infect blades of grass and eat up all the nutrients, resulting in brown, dead grass. To this point, it is important to proactively treat them, but you should also be careful not to misdiagnose them, and only spray miticide when necessary.

How to Preemptively Treat Winter Mites

You should target exposed areas of your lawn with semi-annual Miticide spray that can be purchased at your local home supply store or online. Avoid spraying during wind, and target areas that are shaded, dry, and close to buildings. Additionally, watering these areas a couple times a month during the winter can help reduce mite infestation as they do not thrive in moist/damp areas.

Our technicians are experts in identifying current and future infestations without damaging your lawn. We target Mites in a four-stage spraying process to ensure that all eggs and live mites are targeted in a comprehensive eradiation.

Proper Tree Watering Guide

How Much Water is Enough When it Comes to Trees?

If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? Of course, this is one of those philosophical questions that doesn’t really have a correct answer. However, when the question of how much water does a tree need, there actually is one. Relying on Mother Nature to provide water for the trees on your property is a mistake that can come back to haunt you. When trees are water stressed they become more susceptible to disease and insect infestations. While you may not see the effects, they are there, which is why it’s important to be proactive with your trees. A well-watered tree is a happy tree that can give you, your family and the environment many benefits.

First off, the amount of water a tree needs will vary according to the type and climate. Second, just like your flowers and plants, over watering tress is a big don’t. Soggy soil won’t allow the necessary amount of oxygen to make its way into the soil. New trees must be watered more frequently, starting with when they are first planted. With new trees, plan on a weekly watering schedule that includes gradually filling the water basin around the tree. You don’t want saturate the soil surrounding the tree. It’s best to let it slowly soak in.

Young trees also need attention because they have a tough time dealing with the heat of summer as well as drought conditions. A general rule is to water every two to four weeks for trees ages one through two. For trees ages three through five, a monthly watering schedule is a good rule of thumb. Mature trees need water as well and should be watered at least once a month especially during the dry season. How much is enough water? Most tree experts advise applying 10 to 15 gallons of water per inch of the diameter of the trees root system.

Now, it can be difficult to find the time to water the lawn, let alone the trees. However, it is important, especially during the winter months. Yes, trees need to be watered even during the winter. It’s why many homeowners turn to a professional lawn service to provide water maintenance for their trees. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense, think about the investment that you made in your property. Maintaining the landscaping and the health of your trees comes along with being a homeowner. Watering comes along with the territory and many lawn services like Northern Greens offer it along with their other services.

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be done to take care of it to make it the most beautiful lawn the world has ever seen.

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